A Pocket Full of Rye (Miss Marple #7)
No heavy lifting required. Like a pleasant spring day. This one is a Miss Marple and a decent read. It also provides an unexpected and emotional denouement.
Here’s the kicker for me: I find it very quaint that the Br ...more
A pocket full of rye.
Four and twenty blackbirds,
Baked in a pie.
When the pie was opened,
The birds began to sing;
Wasn't that a dainty dish,
To set before the king?
The king was in his counting house,
Counting out his money;
The queen was in the parlour,
Eating bread and honey.
The maid was in the garden,
Hanging out the clothes,
When down came a blackbird
And pecked off her nose
"The King was in his counting house, counting out his money"---The odious Rex Fortescue, financier, dies in his office from taxine poisoning, an alkaloid extracted from the yew tree (Fortescue's estate is called Yewtree Lodge). ...more
THE FOLLOWING MAY OR MAY NOT CONTAIN SPOI ...more
Inilah karya Agatha Christie yang pertama saya baca. Karena tidak ada embel-embel serial apa dan seri ke berapanya, jadi agak sulit kalau mau membaca urut, hehe. Saya pun asal comot ketika membelinya, ternyata buku yang ini adalah buku ketujuh dari serial Miss Marple, seorang nenek yang taktik mengumpulkan informasinya begitu "halus" tapi tepat sasaran. Miss Marple terhubung dengan kasus i ...more
You know, it was kind of fun when I was doing my mad end of year Agatha Christie tear, in hopes of finishing up all her books in 2008 (which BTW, I did not), but now that I am reviewing all those books I read, it is kind of a slog. I mean, Christie is a pretty good mystery writer, and it’s pretty amazing that she could write 80+ books with so few duds and so little repetition, but I am also running out things to say about them. This is a Marple book, and a pretty good one, with a nursery rhyme t ...more
كنت اعتقد ان جيب مليء بالحبوب واحدة من روايات اجاثا التي تتولى فيها شخصية خارجية (لا ماربل ولا بوارو) التحقيق ثم تفاجأت بان ماربل تظهر في منتصف القصة
من الصعب تقبل وجود محقق اخر يتوصل الى الحقائق مع العجوز الذكية لو كان المحقق نيل وحده او الانسة ماربل وحدها في هذه الرواية لكانت افضل بكثير
اللغز معقد كعادة الغاز اجاثا ويثير الحيرة بشدة ولكن اعتقد ان الحل في النهاية جاء مفاجئا م ...more
Unless you're smart enough to observe and note every statement made by the characters in the course of the story, you're unlikely to think any different from what the writer tells you about -who the murderer is,or is most likely to benefit from the murder.
It is a thought, a well-based one, that usually-most often than not, in MOST of Christie's stories,the person that is LEAST suspected,turns out to be the murderer!-precisely what hap ...more
Rex comes into the office as per usual. Has his tea, ...more
Characters: Miss Jane Marple, Rex Fortescue, Percival Fortescue, Lancelot Fortescue, Adele Fortescue, Pat Fortescue, Elaine Fortescue, Jennifer Fortescue, Mary Dove, Inspector Neele, Gladys Martin, Vivian Dubois, Ellen Curtis, Miss Ramsbottom, Irene Grosvenor, Gerald Wright, Crump, Sergeant Hay.
Abstract: A handful of grain is found in the pocket of a murdered businessman! Rex Fortescue, king of a financial empire, was sipping ...more
A rich eccentric businessman is dead by poison at this office (found with a handful of Rye in his pocket), but the poison used was one with a delayed reaction.... so someone tampered w/ his breakfast. He wasn't mean nor tightfisted toward his family, just suddenly making bad business decisions and was known to cheat in h ...more
As Vanessa Wagstaff and Stephen Poole say in Agatha Christie: A Reader's Companion "[Miss Marple] quickly forges a highly effective partnership with the unusually receptive and astute Inspector Nelle, who later assists Poirot in Third Girl (1966)."
Wagstaff and Poole also call A Pocket Full of Rye "one of Christie's best nove ...more
I knew I shouldn't trust Lancelot, but I did. I believed he was too guilty-looking to be the actual killer. But then he became too good and I was like "no, he's a good guy now, his brother is a ****." Sigh. My mistake. My great mistake.
So Lancie had convinced Gladys (is every maid in the Christie canon named Gladys???!!!) to put taxine in Rex's jar so he'd died and he'd take the money. Great.
I liked tha story, but I'm still not convinced how Marple found all that stuff out. OK, she guess ...more
Un giorno come tanti nell'ufficio del signor Fortescue. Come sempre la signorina Grasvenor, la segretaria personale del Direttore, alle dieci prepara il tè per il suo datore di lavoro. Ma questa volta accade qualcosa di assolutamente inatteso: subito dopo aver bevuto, il signor Fortescue viene colpito da terribili dolori e muore. Nelle tasche del cadavere, inspiegabilmente, viene ritrovata una manciata di chicchi di segale. Le indagini, subito avviate da Scotland yard, si ocncentrano attorno al...more
I also enjoyed the whole nursery rhyme aspect. Sing a song of sixpence and all that. The sto ...more
This is standard Marple in every way. Nasty people surrounding a couple of murders primarily for money. Red herrings abound. Another book with a nursery rhyme motif. Twists and turns and new information. Lots of guessing games with the writer as the story progresses about the truth of the real events. A nice, effective puzzle mystery with her assorted dry conversations and dialogs between characters.
A series of murders take place in the Fortescue household and it is only after the maid is killed that our adorable detective, Miss Marple, makes her entry. She promptly determines it to be a crime by rhyme because the murders follow a pattern. The pattern of a nursery rhyme:
"Sing a song of sixpence, a pocketful of rye,
What I love about this book is its simplicity of style. It's so easy to become hooked on the unfolding plot and to dive effortlessly into the search for clues.
Agatha Christie had a clever way of bringing characters to life and making them seem tota ...more
The only thing that I didn't really like was that Miss Marple is a secondary character. She really only comes into the story a couple times. It is mostly an inspector who is doing the sleuthing and I wish that Christie had more of Miss Marple.
But, it was still good. It seems that this murder is based on a nursery rhyme about blackbirds and the king that eat the blackbird pie or something like that.
I liked the fact that we got a bunch of different perspectives. It allowed us to d ...more
Agatha Mary Clarissa Miller was born in Torquay, Devon, England, U.K., as the youngest of three. The Millers had two other children: Margaret Frary Miller (1879–1950), called Madge, who was eleven years Agatha's senior, and Louis Montant Miller (1880 ...more
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'Yes, I do. Don't you think so?'
'I should say quite certainly,' said Miss Marple. 'Like young Ellis who married Marion Bates, the rich ironmonger's daughter. She was a very plain girl and absolutely besotted about him. However, it turned out quite well. People like young Ellis and this Gerald Wright are only really disagreeable when they've married a poor girl for love. They are so annoyed with themselves for doing it that they take it out of the girl. But if they marry a rich girl they continue to respect her.”